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Saturday, 28 February 2009

Prof William Mobley appointed Chair of Neurosciences, UC San Diego

William C. Mobley, MD, PhD – a clinician and researcher who is internationally known for his work on degenerative diseases of the central nervous system and the neurobiology of Down syndrome – has been selected the new chair of the department of neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Mobley, currently the John E. Cahill Family Professor in the department of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University Medical Center, is expected to begin at UC San Diego on April 1.

“We are truly fortunate that Dr. Mobley will be at the helm of the prestigious team of researchers and physicians in UC San Diego’s neurosciences department, one of the top-ranked neurosciences departments in the nation for NIH funding,” said David Brenner, MD, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. “It takes a unique person, one with expertise in patient care, research and leadership, to direct this department. Bill Mobley is one of these rare people, and we expect him to play a key role both here at UC San Diego and within the area’s neurosciences community.”

UC San Diego’s neuroscience department is unique in that it includes both clinical neurologists and basic scientists. Together, they work in diagnosis, management, and research.

“UC San Diego’s neurosciences department has the ability to change the game for people with neurological diseases, and we intend to do just that,” said Mobley. “The researchers and clinicians here are the best in the world at what they do.”

Mobley’s research relates to the biological study of the nervous system, particularly actions and signaling that influence the survival of neurons, looking at how dysfunction of neuronal signaling mechanisms can contribute to developmental and age-related disorders of the nervous system. His special interest in the neurobiology of Down syndrome has brought important new insights to that disorder, including the identification of possible treatments.

The full text of the UC San Diego Medical Centre's media release is here.

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